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Progress on £13.2million investment in Belfast

29 October, 2009

Regional Development Minister Conor Murphy has welcomed Roads Service’s progress on investment totalling £13.2million in the Belfast area this year.

Speaking ahead of this evening’s meeting between Roads Service and Belfast City Council, the Minister said: “Preliminary work is continuing on a strategic road proposal to widen a 2.5km stretch of the A2 Sydenham Bypass. This scheme will widen the existing dual two lane carriageway to a dual three lane carriageway. Following completion of the initial assessment and consultation processes, the scheme design is being taken forward through consideration of a number of design options. Roads Service is working closely with DOE Planning Service on the provision of a new junction to serve the Titanic Quarter.

“The M1/Westlink Improvement Scheme was officially opened on 4 March this year, some six months ahead of schedule.

"Significant improvements have also been completed on the M2 to provide three lanes in each direction between Sandyknowes and Greencastle junctions. Once again, major milestones were delivered ahead of programme and the overall scheme officially opened in June, some two and a half months ahead of programme. The increased carriageway capacity on the M2 has reduced congestion and improved journey times, particularly at peak times."

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